Category Archives: Health Care Reform: Payment Reform

Congress Outlines Bipartisan Agreement for Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Payment Formula

The bipartisan leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senate Finance Committee have announced an agreement to finally repeal and replace the problematic Medicare Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula for physicians under … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Request for Information on Accountable Care Organization Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for information for comments and ideas about accountable care organization (ACO) models, including whether CMS should fund another round of Pioneer ACOs, and what new or alternate ACO … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Fund: Better Care at Lower Costs

This issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund uses large fonts, simpler English, and infographics to explain issues of quality improvement and cost reductions that are essential to reforming the U.S. health care system. The issue brief explains the concepts of … Continue reading

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RWJF-Health Affairs Policy Brief: Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Health Affairs policy brief describes the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. In 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began public reporting of hospital readmissions rates. However, prior to the enactment of the Patient … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

These are the technical specifications from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructing hospitals how to report readmissions and calculate avoidable readmissions.  Beginning last October 2012, CMS began to impose penalties for “excess” or avoidable readmissions through the … Continue reading

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4th National ACO Congress: Health Care Transformation is Really Hard, and Takes a Long Time

The fourth annual National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Congress was held this week in Los Angeles, California. The inaugural conference, held eight months after the enactment of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), but before even proposed regulations for … Continue reading

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Health 2.0 v.2013: Integration and Patient Outcomes Are Still Driving Health Technology – But So Should Empathy, Caring, and Communication

I attended my third Health 2.0 conference earlier this week, which was held for the first time in Santa Clara rather than San Francisco [agenda here].  Driving around the neighborhood reminded me that the Silicon Valley is thriving, with companies like … Continue reading

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Brookings Institution: Bending the Curve – Person-Centered Health Care Reform

This framework for health care reform from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at The Brookings Institution makes proposals for bending the cost curve of health care while making health care delivery more person-centered and personalized.  The bipartisan authors … Continue reading

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Urban Institute: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation – Activity on Many Fronts

This 2012 assessment of the first year of work of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which was created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, finds significant progress on the center’s goal of catalyzing innovation in … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation: Another $1 Billion Now Available for Health Care Innovation Awards

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has announced the availability of a second $1 billion for Health Care Innovation Awards to improve health care quality while reducing health care costs.  Applicants may seek funding for innovative quality improvement/cost reduction projects for … Continue reading

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